Hi Everyone I would like to disinfect my concrete floor in my roost. The floor is concrete and since the weather is going to be warm for a few days I thought this would be a good time to do it. What can i use that is not expensive and effective as i want to move my broody and her soon to hatch chicks into this area after its clean. Advice would be much appreciated. Thanks Linda
I have used stuff called Vikron - used to use it for dog kennels so it's full on powerful stuff. It kills coccidiosis and lots of other bugs and nasties. You put it in a garden sprayer and spray it on til wet. Leave it to dry for a few days, which in this weather might need only 1! No smell and works great. I had a virus get into my birdcage and this stuff stopped it dead with out killing my budgies. You do need to take all your birds/animals out while you spray though. Don't know how easy this stuff is to get hold of now (I bought 10kgs 7 years ago and still tons left) but check with vets they may have something. But obviously if you are going organic - Do not touch this stuff with a bargepole!
Hi again Linda, Looked up old book on poultry and found "oldies" used to scrape out the pens, as quambie said: lime the floor then spray roosts with sump, parrafin or linseed oil and leave wormwood branches around base of the shed. The oils kill fleas or mites and the wormwood keeps them out. Also found putting snake poo around shed keeps mice & rats out (but not snakes unfortunately).
Thanks Belle and Quambie I have concrete floors in my roost. How long do I keep the chooks away from the lime dust? as I would like to clean my chook run as well which was grass and now dirt. I do have the orchard I can keep the girls in for a few days. Thanks Linda
Hi Linda This is what I do when is time to move the chooks out I then scrape the floor and get all the poo out I can there is not a lot left I then spread the lime onto the floor all over it cover it with the bedding I use straw and leave it there until the next time as the chooks only roost in that part it seem to last for ages and they do not seem to mind it keeps the bugs away hope this helps the outside run I put the cultivator over that once a year trev
We are just planting a few hundred now with the idea that the sheep will eat a bit of it when they need it and worm themselves. I will have to hang on for a few years until they get large enough to take a branch or two could be worth it Trev
HI Linda 29 should be find I have had nothing wrong with the girls that are in the one and they went in after two hours this time I had nowhere to put then I have to build another pen MOH will be pleased Trev
I use the lime we get on farm but I would think that garden lime would do the same thing its the bugs that do not like the stuff as long as its dry its fine on the birds but when wet it can cause a problem or two as all lime would Trev
Hi organic girl do you have any farmers near you if so they may have a bit left over from last years spreading you do not need a lot of it have you seen anything in the runs is that why you are doing this or are you like me its just in case I have nothing in the pens or on the birds but you never know so I do it but I can get lime when I want it and again I am lucky to be able to get the stuff without getting Bunning or the like rich Trev
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